Cycling

Three Day Exploring Acadia Bike Trip

Escape to Maine and let us show you the best of Acadia National Park. Experience the dramatic beauty of Maine’s rock bound coast, enjoy car-free cycling on tree-lined carriage roads. Bask in the sun on a scenic ferry ride, and eat a lobster within spitting distance of the boat that caught it. Let us show you Acadia as only the locals can. Our Exploring Acadia weekend is great for cyclists of all levels and features the only 4 diamond water front property in Bar Harbor.

Day 1 – Park Loop Road

We meet Friday afternoon at 2:00 pm in Bar Harbor, the gateway to Acadia National Park. Today we will cycle the famous Park Loop Road as it winds its way along the coast and through the Park. After cycling we enjoy a wine and cheese reception before dinner at a favorite restaurant.

Cycling Options: 21 or 28 miles
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: First of 2 Nights at The Manor House Inn

Day 2 – The Schoodic Peninsula

Today we enjoy a unique ferry ride across Frenchman Bay to Winter Harbor and the Schoodic Peninsula. We experience the dramatic power of the open ocean as it crashes along the Schoodic’s rugged shore before we cycle to a true lobstering community. In the evening we enjoy fresh Maine lobster.

 

Cycling Options: 15, 29, or 35 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Lodging: Second of 2 Nights at The Manor House Inn

Day 3 – Acadia’s Carriage Roads

Picture breathtaking scenery, gentle grades, and car free cycling, and you have Acadia’s famous carriage roads. A gift of John D. Rockefeller to help the people of America enjoy Acadia’s beauty the carriage roads offer the opportunity to cycle through stately forests of pine and birch and to enjoy panoramic views of Mount Desert Island. Note: the tour generally concludes between 1:00 and 3:00 pm.

Cycling Options: 12, 20, or 35 miles
Meals: Breakfast

FMI: www.summerfeet.net

Date: 
Fri, Aug 26th (All day) to Sun, Aug 28th (All day)
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Sailboats and Summer Folk Bike Trip

Nestled amongst verdant hills, with stately old houses, a picturesque harbor, and a charming main street, it is no wonder Camden has been voted the prettiest town in Maine. Our 3-day bike tour of this classic Maine town begins with a bike ride along a tree-lined ocean preserve and through lush farmland ringed with ancient rock walls. We continue by cycling one of Maine’s most beautiful islands in the heart of Penobscot Bay with ocean views around every corner. We conclude our tour cycling to the town of Rockland and to my favorite lighthouse, the majestic Owls Head Light. Along the way take time to explore the areas’ many galleries, and relax aboard the deck of an antique wooden sailboat as we enjoy a sunset cruise on Penobscot Bay.

Day 1 – Cycling the Prettiest Six Miles in Maine*

We meet at 2pm Friday afternoon for an afternoon of cycling through the charming coastal village of Rockport. A delightful mix of tranquil farm lands and ocean views highlight our ride. In the evening we gather for a wine and cheese reception before dinner at one of Camden’s finest restaurants.

Cycling Options: 7 or 15 miles
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: First of 2 Nights at the Inns at Blackberry Common

Day 2 – Cycling the Pristine Island of Islesboro and a Sunset Sail

The early morning ferry carries us to Islesboro where stately pines and 40 room cottages serve as a backdrop for our ride around one of Maine’s prettiest islands. Tonight we explore Penobscot Bay from the deck of a classic wooden schooner before a casual dinner.

 

Cycling Options: 26, 36, or 46 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner
Lodging: Final Night at the Inns at Blackberry Common

Day 3 – Exploring Rockland, Owl’s Head, and Birch Point

Just south of Camden, Rockland is rapidly becoming a summer destination in its own right. Today’s ride will carry us to Rockland and the Owls Head Light. Spend the afternoon wandering the Farnsworth Museum of Art or choose to cycle the rural beauty of the St George Peninsula and around Rackliff Island. Note: The tour generally concludes between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

Cycling Options: 10, 32, or 41 miles
Meals: Breakfast

FMI: www.summerfeet.net

Date: 
Fri, Aug 19th (All day) to Sun, Aug 21st (All day)
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Beaches and Backroads Bike Trip

History buffs – salty dogs – those who cycle for the scenery … this weekend cycling tour is for you. The seaside towns of Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Arundel, and Cape Porpoise – collectively known as The Kennebunks – are saturated in maritime history, from times of salty sea captains, to a thriving ship building industry during which time as many as 100 ships were built and floated down the river a year, to the fisherman who for centuries have made a living off the coast’s rich marine resources. Today, the stately homes of the sea captains are welcoming B&Bs; boat building is still present, including a boat building school just four miles from town; and many a local make their living on the sea as lobstermen and fishermen.

Day 1 – Cruising the Coast

Why save the best for last? This afternoon you’ll meander along some of Kennebunkport’s loveliest roads and shorelines. We’ll start by going inland where we’ll be likely to see sheep and alpacas and even a llama grazing at the Ewe and I Farm. If you stop, they’ll visit – they’re quite friendly animals. We’ll take a short cut through the woods along the Gravelly Brook Road, home of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and some of the Trust’s many local trails. About a mile further along the route, you’ll find yourself surrounded by salt marsh, marking your close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Hang a left once you arrive in the quaint lobstering village of Cape Porpoise and you’ll see the same sight that made me first fall in love with Maine. A quiet cove, beautiful homes, a safe harbor full of working lobster boats, and of course the magical islands of Cape Porpoise Harbor and the Goat Island Lighthouse. The view simply can’t get any better. We’ll finish our afternoon jaunt as we pass Walker’s Point – home of George and Barbara Bush – and then hug the coast the entire way back into town. Tonight’s dinner? Lobstah!

Cycling Options: 14 miles
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: First of 2 Nights at The Nonantum Resort

Day 2 – Let’s Cover Some Distance

Goose Rocks Beach, Fortunes Rocks, the craggy shore of Biddeford Pool and the East Point Sanctuary, Wood Island Light, Hills Beach – these are some of the places we can adventure to when we head northeast of Kennebunkport. You may recognize a few roads in and out of town from yesterday’s ride, but most of the journey will be uncharted territory for our group. We’ll take a well-deserved break once we get to Biddeford Pool – there are great trails to walk, with crashing waves right at your side. Finding a perfect picnic spot is hardly a challenge and once you’ve had your fill it’ll be time to get back to town and our evening treat! Ride your bike, or finish the route in the van – it’s your vacation, do what feels good. Our goal is to be back to the inn with plenty of time to get showered up and grab an extra layer. Our evening chariot awaits a very short walk from the inn – it’s the Schooner Eleanor, an impressive vessel hand-crafted by its owner and captain, Rich Woodman. Rich and his crew will skillfully maneuver the Eleanor and our group out the river and into the open ocean where we’ll set the sails and enjoy an entirely different view of the coastlines you’ve been seeing. Relax, enjoy a glass of wine and keep an eye open for the diving Gannets or the occasional Minke Whale. Once back on shore, it’s a short walk to dinner at one of Kennebunkport’s finest and most fun, and the conclusion of an impressive day.

 

Cycling Options: 13 or 32 miles
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 – Kennebunk and its Beaches

After another impressive breakfast at our inn, we’ll once again hop onto our bikes and this time explore what is west of the Kennebunk River. We’ll follow the rural River Road north and west to the first place where we can cross the river, Durrell’s Bridge. From there be prepared to have your cycling socks knocked off as we ride past some of Kennebunk’s stateliest homes, including the Wedding Cake House on your right. Continue through Kennebunk’s downtown, taking time to stop for ice cream at The Daily Scoop – if that’s your flavor. Then it’s time to travel back towards the sea, this time along the Mousam River. If conditions allow, we’ll take the Kennebunk Bridal Path along the river’s edge, watching for marsh birds and forest creatures along the way. Once back on the roads, it’s time to saunter along Kennebunk’s many beaches. Take your time, watch the surfers, watch the waves, get off your bike and put your feet in the sand – so luxurious. Pass back to the “other side of the bridge” and take your time through Kennebunkport’s Dock Square and back to the inn.

Cycling Options: 15 miles
Meals: Breakfast

FMI: http://www.summerfeet.net/bicycle-trips/maine-bicycle-tours/maine-bike-tours/beaches-and-backroads-a-kennebunk-bike-tour/

Date: 
Fri, Aug 12th (All day) to Sun, Aug 14th (All day)
Fri, Sep 9th (All day) to Sun, Sep 11th (All day)
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Mountain Biking Microbrew Festival

More than 20 years and going strong! Get ready for our immensely popular mountain biking party! Things get underway Friday noon and don’t stop until late Sunday. By day, we’ve got guided group rides for all levels and lots of sponsor giveaways. By night, we light the bonfires and barbecues and ROCK to the live blues and folk music of local Maine bands. Add to this one of Maine’s most respected craft breweries, Gritty McDuffs of Portland Maine. This is one good time you do not want to miss. Book early—this one fills up fast!

Beer and Lobster Bake included with all full festival passes.

Full festival passes $600 per person. All accommodations still available! Includes: Five meals, 2.5 days guided rides, 3 nights on premises, brews, live music, and use of all facilities. Bike rentals are available but not included.

No Frills Budget Campsite pass- 1 day of rides, one night on premises, 2 meals, entertainment, and brews- $190 pp.

 

Return Customers: SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICING. Please remind us if you’ve joined us here in the past for this event. We’ll throw a rate and great deal your way comparable to your last brewfest.

FMI: www.bikebackcountry.com

Date: 
Thu, Aug 11th (All day) to Sun, Aug 14th (All day)
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Veterans No Boundaries Summer Camp

 Free to all veterans and active duty personnel with physical disabilities

Sporting camps are a Maine tradition and late August is one of the best times for outdoor recreation and relaxation.  Since 2006 Veterans No Boundaries has hosted dozens of veterans, active duty personnel, and their families each August for a weekend at camp filled with exciting and rewarding adaptive recreation opportunities.  The program often includes:

  • Fishing & Boat Tours
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Archery & Riflery
  • Cycling
  • Ropes Course/Zip Line
  • Pottery & Wood Carving
  • Evening Activities
  • Competition
  • Camaraderie
  • Relaxation

All activities, lodging, accommodations and meals are provided free of charge throughout the four-day event, and participants are free to choose activities based on their own interests and energy levels throughout the weekend.  While we can also help with local transportation between program sites and to/from the Portland Jetport and Transportation Center (bus and train), all travel to/from Maine is the responsibility and at the expense of the participant.

 

For more information, click here.

Date: 
Fri, Aug 19th (All day) to Mon, Aug 22nd (All day)
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Maine Huts and Trails Backwoods Duathloon

Maine Huts & Trails is partnering with their friends at Baxter Outdoors (the events team from Baxter Brewing) to bring you the 2016 Backwoods Duathlon! Enter either solo or as a team of two, and race by bike and by foot on the trails surrounding Stratton Brook Hut. The trail running segment is 10k, and the mountain biking segment is 15k, which includes an exciting descent down Oak Knoll Trail- one of the best rides in New England.

 

For more information, click here.

Date: 
Sat, Aug 6th (All day)
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Bike MS - Great Maine Getaway 2016

  

     

   

             

          

Ride Details

Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway 2016

Date(s): August 13-14, 2016
Start/Finish Location: University of New England, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, ME 
Registration Fee: $55-170
Fundraising Minimum: $250 (due on or before the day of the event)
Age Minimum: 14 years old
Event Manager: Sue Tidd
Email: BikeMSGNE@nmss.org
Phone: 1-800-344-4867

Start Times

  • Saturday registration opens at 5:30 a.m.
  • Start at 7:30 a.m.
  • Saturday routes close at 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday registration opens at 6:30 a.m.
  • Sunday route close at 3:00 p.m.

 

2014 Great Maine Getaway group riding

The 32nd Annual Bike MS: Great Maine Getaway, to be held August 13-14, 2016, will take place in Biddeford, one of Maine’s finest coastal destinations. During this two-day ride, cyclists will experience the beauty of Maine’s southern coastline, including an up close look at “Walkers Point”, the summer home of President George H.W. Bush.

With the University of New England (UNE) as our host for the weekend, you’ll be treated to priceless views of the Atlantic Ocean as you begin and end your ride Saturday and Sunday. UNE even has their own private beach to take in a sunrise or enjoy after your ride.  Whether you’re looking for a destination weekend away with friends or family, you are an experienced cyclist or a novice, we have a great choice of routes for you ranging from 25 to 100 miles.

Rider check-in begins Friday night with accommodations available at UNE. You can also just join us bright and early Saturday morning before hitting the road. When you return, enjoy the festivities with food, music and massage. The fun continues Saturday evening with an awards ceremony and dinner (additional tickets available online). On Sunday enjoy a full breakfast and then head out for another beautiful ride. When you return, top off a great weekend with a Maine lobster at our traditional Lobster Bake (additional tickets available online).

Whether you are an individual rider, part of a team, or a family looking for a destination weekend supporting an important cause, the Great Maine Getaway is the perfect event for you!

 

For more information, click here.

 

Date: 
Sat, Aug 13th (All day) to Sun, Aug 14th (All day)
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July 4th Breakfast Ride

Join the Maine Coast Cycling Club for our July 4th Breakfast Ride. The ride begins at 7:00AM from the Kennebunkport Bicycle Company, we ride about 1 1/2 hours, then stop for breakfast. The ride is free and open to all, just bring some money to pay for your breakfast. This is an on the road ride.

FMI: www.bikemaine.org/event2/july-4th-breakfast-ride-kennebunkport

Date: 
Tue, Jul 4th,
7:00pm to 10:00pm
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Lobster Ride & Roll

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Lobster Ride & Roll follows winding, country lanes and the breathtaking rockbound coast past lighthouses, lupines and lobster boats.  The ride features five distance options, from a family-friendly 15 miles to a century that was recognized by Bicycling Magazine as one of the TOP TEN centuries in the country

As a bonus, every first-time rider who is not a member of the Coalition will receive a FREE six-month trial membership!

 

For more information, click here.

Date: 
Sun, Jul 24th (All day)
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Old Hallowell Day Hills and Thrills Bike Ride

A new addition to Old Hallowell Day this year is a 25-mile bike ride. This is an organized ride for experienced cyclists; beginners and children will not do well on this ride due to the distance and the hills. The ride begins and ends at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault on Whitten Rd, starting at 1:00 PM. The route takes cyclists through the beautiful rolling hills of Hallowell and neighboring communities, and finishes by climbing some of the more challenging hills in the city, including Central and Page streets. Registration fee is $30 online, and $35 on the day of the event. Online registration will be available soon.

VOLUNTEER FLAGGERS ARE NEEDED at intersections throughout the course. If you can help for 1/2 hour between 1 PM and 3 PM, please email oldhallowellday@gmail.com

 

For more information, click here.

Date: 
Sat, Jul 16th (All day)
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